Updated: Aug 9, 2021
Long Island, New York is known for many things. Its beautiful beaches, of course, Certain foods you can't get as good anywhere else. The Hamptons on the South shore, and, definitely, its wineries on the North shore (North Fork). What many don't realize is that Long Island is also known for it's many farms.
Like the wineries, the majority of farms are located "out East" as locals would say. Anything East of the middle of the Island, as locals refer to Long Island, is considered "out East" whether you are talking about the North shore (Orient Point) or South shore (Montauk Point, which is part of The Hamptons)
The farms are a big attraction year round but especially in the fall. People travel near and far to visit. Many will take the ferry from Connecticut, travelling from New England states to New London, CT to cross over to Orient Point, NY, the tip of the North Fork of Long Island. From there, they head west to go farm hopping. Others take the ferry from Bridgeport, CT to Port Jefferson, NY and then head out East to the Farms. From Port Jefferson, the trip could take up to two hours with traffic.
Often groups or families will make weekend trips out of it. Whatever you choose, you are sure to have fun and be able to purchase many healthy and fresh products and some not so healthy, but definitely delicious, desserts. (Why I don't eat meat)
Some farms, like May's Farm, set up small roadside stands where people can purchase fresh produce. I bought a box of plum tomatoes and my sister bought some eggplant, decorations for Halloween and tomatoes.
Sorry, no recipe. I didn't realize she was making it. I know she made the eggplant two different ways and split half and half in the dish.
There are also farms that allow you to pick your own. Apple picking and pumpkin picking in the fall draw large crowds. That's just some of the exciting farms, we have so many varieties of farms that there's something to interest everyone. Southold Bay Oysters is a locally run aquaculture farm. Lavender by the Bay has been New York's premier lavender farm. Stakey's Pumpkin Farm has hay rides, corn maze, hand & arm painting, country store and our flower house for you to enjoy!
Many of the larger farms have entertainment and play areas for the children. There are tractor drawn hayrides for the whole family and sometime pony rides for the kids. They often offer taste tests of various items such as pies made from their apples or sauce made from tomatoes and have products available for purchase. Many also have outdoor and/or indoor cafes where you can enjoy a meal made fresh along with locally brewed beer and/or Long Island wine.
Due to Covid-19, check with each farm before you arrive to understand their policies and what might or might not be offered at this ti